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#1 of 13 OFFLINE   Dave_La

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Posted April 29 2003 - 08:16 AM

Hi guys,

Just bought a Paradigm Cinema 90 HT. Now I need to find a receiver within the $300- $400 range. This will be my first receiver.

What I've looked at are:

- Onkyo TXSR-600
- Harmon Kardon HAVR-225
- Denon AVR-1803
- Yamaha RXV-630

What I'm hoping for is some suggestions or brands that you guys prefer. Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

#2 of 13 OFFLINE   ChadLB

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Posted April 29 2003 - 08:29 AM

Out of those that you listed most people would probably recommend teh HK and Yammie. YOu can go to crutchfield and do a comparison on all 4.

#3 of 13 OFFLINE   RobWil

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Posted April 29 2003 - 10:39 AM

I'd recommend either the Denon or the Onkyo.




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I was just messin' with Chad a little Posted Image

Actually I'd prolly agree with Chad, although all 4 would be decent choices in that range. The Yammie would prolly give better movies and DSP. Musicwise would be more subjective, but prolly the HK, IMO.
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#4 of 13 OFFLINE   Jon_Welker

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Posted April 29 2003 - 11:07 AM

Dave,

You might also want to check out factory refurbed units. I know HK has some on their website (www.harmanaudio.com), and they can be had for very reasonable prices. Also, they come with a full warranty and have been put through the ringer by the factory, so no worries with the refurbed part. Also, I think www.accessories4less.com carries Marantz refurbed receivers with a mfg. warranty. Marantz makes quality components as well. Best of luck!
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#5 of 13 OFFLINE   Dave_La

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Posted April 29 2003 - 12:15 PM

Thanks for the input guys. Between the Yamaha and the HK, I personally like the design of the HK. Only problem is that it lacks new features like DD-EX and DTS 6.1 and also no component video switching. Those features come in handy for future upgrade.

Besides that, have any of you guys have problem with HK?

Marantz, is it even possible to get it for my price range?

#6 of 13 OFFLINE   JimC_A

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Posted April 30 2003 - 09:10 AM

Don't worry about the component switching. It isn't a big deal to hook all the video connections to the tv and the audio to the receiver. You have to do more remote switching. Some don't care about that. I love my Yamaha 1300 and would highly recommend the 6.1 feature of any receiver, if your budget will allow it.

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Posted May 01 2003 - 05:49 AM

I guess I will be the lone voice that recommends you not exclued Denon. Personally, I prefer the sound of the Denons to Yamaha's, though they both are able receivers. I have the 1803 and like it really well. My main complaints are 1) remote isn't that great, 2) no pre-outs to add extra amps. #1 isn't that big of a deal for me, though some really hate the Denon remote, and I am not planning on going to seperates, so #2 isn't necessary for me (though in truth I would have prefered them, just in case you know :-)) Just my $.02
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#8 of 13 OFFLINE   Arup

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Posted May 01 2003 - 06:03 AM

Yamaha with properly matched speakers for accurate sound. Onkyo and Denon are very good deals too.

#9 of 13 OFFLINE   Mike Veroukis

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Posted May 01 2003 - 07:26 AM

I think of those 4 listed I would seriously consider only the Yammie and the Denon.

The Yammie seems like the safest bet to me. Yamaha is well known for build quality and reliability, and they seem to have put together some really great features for their entry level machines.

Denon is also very well made but I find Denon to be reliably more expensive then other comparable units. Some feel that Denons sound better then the Yammies, but that's very debatable!

So bottom line is, which one sounds better to you and has the features you need. When I made my choice I went to the store and did a side-by-side demo of the units I was considering. That's the only real way to tell. Good luck!

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#10 of 13 OFFLINE   Dave_La

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Posted May 03 2003 - 05:22 AM

I checked accessories4less.com and went with a Marantz SR-7200. Got it for $530 refurb. Any of you guys get the chance to check this out? Personally, I think is looks ugly, but of course I prefer quality over appearance.

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Posted May 03 2003 - 06:03 AM

Hey!.....that wasn't one of the choices Posted Image
and..Hey!....that wasn't the price range either Posted Image
What up??? Posted Image

Just kidding Posted Image Hope you enjoy it!
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#12 of 13 OFFLINE   Mike Veroukis

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Posted May 03 2003 - 07:00 AM

Quote:
I checked accessories4less.com and went with a Marantz SR-7200. Got it for $530 refurb. Any of you guys get the chance to check this out? Personally, I think is looks ugly, but of course I prefer quality over appearance.
Well, glad we could help! Posted Image

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#13 of 13 OFFLINE   Dave_La

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Posted May 04 2003 - 04:47 AM

Thanks guys!!

Dave